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Republicans In Congress Whine That Their Political Destiny Isn’t Coming True

If there really is a predetermined plan for greatness of the USA through journeys into outer space, then it will come to pass, and doesn’t need the help of a congressional resolution. If, on the other hand, there is no real outer space destiny of American Exceptionalism, well, what’s the big fuss about? Members of Congress can still get out toy spaceships and Star Wars action figures and play with them after all the interns have gone home. [...]

How Did Tea Party in Congress Vote on Seizing Library Records without a Warrant?

Later today, the U.S. Senate is expected to enter into a very brief debate followed by a vote to reauthorize the surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act, most likely for four years. If you’ve been following the issue of the Patriot Act, you’re aware that it permits a wide net of surveillance, searches and [...]

Lack Of Patriot Act Hearings Probed By Polis

Jared Polis is right. Efforts to reform the Patriot Act have been unfairly blocked. Join the protest demanding repeal of the Patriot Act. Come to the side of the U.S. Capitol Building that faces the Washington Monument on Saturday, March 12 at Noon. [...]

Promises For Patriot Act Hearings Are Going Dark

So far, the Subcommittee on Crime Terrorism and Homeland Security doesn’t seem inclined to keep David Dreier’s promise of a hearing of Americans’ grievances about the Patriot Act’s Big Brother system of spying set up against them. Instead, it is working to promote the FBI’s Going Dark program to expand electronic surveillance by the government. [...]

Use of Patriot Act Sneak-And-Peek Powers for Drug War Further Eclipsed Terrorism Uses in 2009

In a statement on January 26 2011, House Judiciary Chair Lamar Smith declared that the extension of Patriot Act surveillance powers is necessary to stop terrorists:

The intelligence and law enforcement communities that are responsible for preventing terrorist attacks need to know that the tools they rely on to keep the American people safe will [...]

Too Little, Too Late: After loss of Judiciary Gavel, John Conyers wants a Civil Liberties Commission

After asking Congress for a year to reform the Patriot Act, John Conyers did no such thing, even though as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee that was his job more than anybody else’s in the House of Representatives. He just frittered away the rest of his term, doing no work at all on any [...]

Lamar Smith’s Biased Rant About Media Bias

Lamar Smith made a rant about media that conveniently left out facts about Fox News. [...]

Certain Terrorist Attack Attempt on the US? Nearly 2 Months in and None Yet.

“Certain” is a very strong word. It doesn’t mean that an attack will “probably” happen. It doesn’t mean that it’s “likely” to happen. An event that is “certain” is destined to happen, 100% likely, absolutely unavoidable and inescapable.

So when five senior government officials tell you an event is “certain” to occur, then they’re [...]

On Police Cameras and Satellites Spying On Us

The spy satellite operations of the National Applications Office place each and every one of us in a panopticon, a virtual prison in which we are treated as criminally suspect, and under constant threat of surveillance, though we’ll never really know whether we’re being spied upon at all. Conditions like this are corrosive to a free society, and so, although it’s created with the of excuse of a need for security, the National Application Office’s panopticon nation is itself the source of a systematic American insecurity. [...]

Steakhouse Contributions in the 110th Congress

When you’re a member of Congress, some of the best contributions come in-kind. The following contributions by lobbying groups covered “expenses” at steakhouses during the 110th Congress of 2007 and 2008:

1. The National Community Pharmacists Association PAC covered over $1500 in “meeting expenses” for Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen in two encounters at the Charlie [...]

Congressional Republicans Want to Make All Bloggers Keep User Information for the Government

Whatever else you might say about conservative Republicans in the United States Congress, they certainly have a knack for naming bills. Nobody wanted to vote against “The USA Patriot Act” or “The Protect America Act,” even though they subverted patriotism and failed to protect Americans from threatening spies. Following in this line of ironically named [...]